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For those of you who haven’t noticed, the good Israel Finkelstein, scourge of fuzzy thinking (except on the subject of the good of religion and when speaking in public) has written a powerful piece squarely declaring his belief that the Book of Chronicles is a late 2nd century BC work (a view he has expressed for several years now, and of which I was convinced by this article of his this article of his [the above deals with Nehemiah, not Chronicles]). Notice how he commits a bit of self-plagiarism in this most recent of his articles. You’re not going to be a paradigm-shifter without solid evidence! A toast to the coming paradigm shift in studies of Chronicles! This will affect the date of Sirach!

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